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Kneeling by the stream, I addressed Master Ling. "Does Everything have the Buddha nature?"

He replied "Mu."

My furrowed brow led him to shake his head slowly, the sparkle gone from his eyes.

Later, while the others were chasing butterflies, Master Ling took me aside. "I think perhaps you might be better suited for study with Shenzen at Chiang Mai."

Yes, Master. What is the Way?

the path is different for all
enlightenment, personal
you must guide yourself
Basho wrote that. Or if not, he should have.

But Master, I meant, how do I get there?

"Oh", said Ling, abashed.


Composed for an ideath challenge:
100 words in 10 minutes on "How do you get there?"

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